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Paul and Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Photo by Kyle Samperton.
Paul and Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Photo by Kyle Samperton.

Paul and Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Photo by Kyle Samperton.

By Karin Tanabe

Now that the White House is inhabited by a very well-dressed first couple, is Capitol Hill following suit? Judging from our freshman congress, we have come a long way as far as chiseled features—Rep. Glenn Nye (D-VA), Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL) (both single!) and Rep. Martin Heinrich (D-NM)—but what about debonair dressing? Have we have gone into decline, digging an Olympic size hole in the fashion well that reaches all the way to China? Or do we really have a legislative body full of Vogue, GQ and of course, Washington Life readers?

While Tom Ford is not yet camping out on the Capitol steps to scout his next muse, a handful of old guard politicians have been dressing well for decades and the new wave of freshmen is only upping the Hill style ante.

Congressman David Drier (R-CA), has been bringing style to the House since 1981. The sartorial chameleon has suits in grey, blue, black and even sand, so light in color they’re almost Gatsbyesque. Political power couple, Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-CA) and Rep. Connie Mack (R-FL), win points for shirking helmet hair and rows of safe navy blue suits, choosing to look like they’re style world is not confined by the Beltway.

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